6,000 garment workers go on strike in Vietnam
Around 6,000 garment workers in the Thanh Hoa Province, located in the district of Thach Thanh
(in northern Vietnam) went on strike, reports Reuter. The workers reportedly claimed that their company, S&H Vina Co. Ltd., treated them in an ‘inhumane’ manner in addition to imposing several unreasonable regulations. The strike began when some workers placed an old fabric on the floor, after lunch, to relax.
The supervisor immediately reprimanded and asked them to sit on the ‘hard’ floor, leading to over 2,000 workers stopping work immediately. Soon, around 4,000 other workers also joined the protest.
The workers continued the strike and presented the company a list of demands that included salary hike, benefits for children and bonus for senior employees. Proper travel allowances, appropriate maternity leaves as well as removal of penalty in case any worker is not able to come to the company due to ill health were also amongst the demands placed. At present, the workers have to serve a 3-day notice even to avail a sick leave or take a leave in case of death in a family. The workers get only one paid leave every month.
The ‘unreasonable’ laws of the company seem to have infuriated the workers the most. A meeting was finally organized between the management and the garment workers to resolve the issue. Since the company has removed the supervisor who was involved in the incident and also assured workers to consider some of their demands raised.